My First Project with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I purchased two cans of Annie Sloan chalk paint last November along with one can of light wax.  I just completed my very first project using chalk paint.

Vintage Spice Rack with Collectibles www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
I chose to paint this vintage spice rack that hangs in my laundry room adjoining the kitchen.  While the spice rack holds a few vintage spice tins, it also displays other small collectibles.


Time to give the spice rack an update.

I used Annie Sloan Old White Chalk Paint.  After skimming some blog posts with tips on using chalk paint, I turned the can upside down for 30 minutes before I started.  I read that the pigment is at the bottom of the can.

I also read that chalk paint dries pretty fast and that it is a good idea to pour some paint into a little cup and not paint right from the can.  I used a cheap natural bristle brush, not Annie Sloan brushes.

I did no prepping other than to wipe off the spice rack with a wet rag to remove dust.  This is coat one.

This is coat two.  Now to get to the distressing.  Let me say that I was shocked at how much dust sanding ASCP created.  I had newspapers down but the dust made it to my kitchen chairs and floor.  I later read that waxing first cuts down on the dust.  On my next project, I will either wax first, sand outside (weather permitting), wear a dust mask, and/or prepare my sanding area better.

Even though sanding/distressing was dusty and messy,  I love the way the chalk paint looked when distressed.

I gave my spice rack a fairly light distressing, and then brushed on the light soft wax.  After the wax dried, I rubbed the piece down with a soft rag.

Vintage Spice Rack with Collectibles www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
Now to decorate the spice rack,

Vintage Spice Rack with Collectibles www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
 And hang it back on the wall.  

Vintage Spice Rack with Collectibles www.organizedclutterqueen.blogspot.com
The walls in my laundry room are actually yellow, but with a fluorescent ceiling light and no windows, the walls look almost white.

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20 comments:

  1. HI,PERFECT.KISS.VALÉRIA.(BRASIL).

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  2. Your spice rack looks great!! I haven't tried ASCP yet...but I also have a spice rack that needs a makeover. You have inspired me!!

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  3. The white really updates your shelf and makes your vintage treasures the stars of the show, Carlene! Love it! I'm too cheap to buy the real thing, so I make my own.

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  4. It looks pretty with the white paint - your treasures really stand out now :-)

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  5. Wow! Dated spice transformed into something truly beautiful Carlene! I love it! I've never used the Annie Sloan products, the only time I painted with chalk paint, I made my own. I do like how it works but, yeah, it's kinda messy LOL!

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  6. To distress projects painted with Annie Sloan, I just use a rag and rub off the edges I want to distress. You have to do it the same day that you painted it. Don't wait until the next day. No sanding required. Good looking shelf! Great job!

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  7. No I haven't tried it. Maybe someday. Love the rack though....and the "stuff" on it!

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  8. I ' ve never tried the paint but everybody loves it,like you do.
    You've brightened up!!! It looks awesome!!!
    Besos

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  9. Turned out nice! I make my own with non-sanded grout and whatever paint I want to use. Easy and cheap. I've posted about it as I've done about 4 projects that way.

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  10. I love your spice rack - it really looks good painted white and distressed. Like all your old spice tins - now they are all plastic. Great job - thanks for sharing.
    Have a great weekend.
    Mary

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  11. I have not tried it but I am not much of a painter so no surprise there. I am interested in milk paint though. I do like this rack in white.

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  12. I like the shelf red, but I love it white and the details really pop now with the distressing. I wish I had this shelf I've been looking for one for my kitchen forever! You must of gotten there before me?

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  13. Your spice rack looks great!! I've never tried that paint yet, but I'm wanting to...have a huge wood trunk that I want to paint white.
    ~Cindy

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  14. It looks beautiful Carlene! I love chalkpaint and it's so easy to work with. I have to admit, I've never sanded it though. Thanks for the warning!

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  15. Carlene, what kind of wax do you finish it with? Love your site :)

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  16. I use ASCP often. Sometimes I will wet distress with a rag, but I still end up sanding because I like a smooth finish. Winter is hard because I don't like to go to the cold garage, but sure don't like the dusty mess in the house.

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  17. Looks really nice Carlene. You have some neat collectable on display. Love the wooden clothes pins in the aluminum cup. I like the results of chalk paint, but just make my own.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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  18. Beautiful! I haven't tried chalk paint yet, but I plan to "someday". I won't be buying AS brand though - too expensive. There are other brands that work just as well, or you can make your own! :-)

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  19. It's too expensive for me but I made my own and it worked out great!

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  20. This turned out great, I've 2 racks waiting..........did you order it online or do you have a store near you ? I'm in Iowa and no luck here so far.

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